Friday, November 11, 2016

Microstory 450: Floor 36 (Part 2)

Corporate Affairs Director: Hello, thank you for coming. I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage, though. My superior told me that I needed to speak with a consultant, but I’m not sure what exactly it is you do. Are you a futurist as well?
Personnel Consultant: Well, Mister Director, in a way, I am. I’m here to talk about your future.
Director: Okay, is that good or bad?
Consultant: Well, Director, you can look at it as a bad thing, or you can—
Director: See the glass as half full?
Consultant: Actually, I don’t like that analogy. You can always pour more of what you want in the glass, but in real life, sometimes you’re just out of options.
Director: What are my options now? Or rather, what’s my only option?
Consultant: For you, only the sky is the limit. You can do anything you want, except for one thing.
Director: That one thing is working here.
Consultant: That’s right. You no longer have a position at Analion.
Director: Why?
Consultant: I’m gonna be straight with you, because honestly, I’ve looked over your file, and you’re very...what might you call it? In touch. The company is in crisis. People are worried about losing their jobs, but what they don’t realize is that the process has already begun. I have a huge responsibility ahead of me. The company is about to make major changes to its workforce. And, since we’ve already established how intelligent you are, I feel I can safely inform you that being let go may be the best thing to happen to you. You’re going to receive a generous severance package; one better than what most people are getting. Furthermore, the deadly window scandal is only the beginning of these people’s problems. It’s only going to get worse, so you’re lucky that they’re pushing you out first. This is your opportunity to escape now and avoid being too intensely associated with this organization.
Director: Wow, you make it sound you’re doing me a favor.
Consultant: I won’t lie to you, it’s not ideal. They chose to cut you out because they have no clue what you do. As a personnel consultant, it’s my job to understand other people’s jobs. I know exactly what you do, and I know exactly how important it is. And I also know how tough it’s going to be convincing a new employer of how valuable you are. I’m not here to say everything’s going to be okay, just that it won’t all be terrible. A guy like you can get through something like this.
Director: ...tell me more about this severance package, and whether it’s set in stone.
Consultant: Very good.

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